Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Review: HOOKED by Les Edgerton

Title: Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go
Author: Les Edgerton
Publisher: Writers Digest Books (April 12, 2007)
Format: Kindle eBook
Source: Purchased
Genre: Nonfiction

Description: *The first pages are the #1 key to acceptance or rejection of manuscripts--most agents and editors claim to make their decision on a manuscript after the very first page, which means that no writer can afford to have a weak story beginning

*The first and only fiction-writing book that focuses exclusively on beginnings--no other book on the market addresses story beginnings in a comprehensive manner

Agents and editors agree: Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication. Why? If a novel or short story has a bad beginning, then no one will keep reading. It's just that simple. Hooked provides readers with a detailed understanding of what a beginning must include (setup, backstory, the inciting incident, etc.); instruction on how to successfully develop the story problem; tips on how to correct common beginning mistakes; exclusive insider advice from agents, acquiring book editors, and literary journal editors; and much more.

Review: Les Edgerton’s Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go delights in its knowledge to writers and witty humor.

Any writer knows the first pages of a manuscript are the key to acceptance or rejection by agents, publishers, and readers. If the writer can’t grab their readers at the beginning, then that writer has little chance of keeping readers. Hooked tells writers how to create those intense first chapters by focusing on the elements of opening chapters as well as focusing the writer on the story worthy problem. Edgerton uses his own experience as well as many examples to tell his valuable lessons to writers.

Hooked grabbed me from the beginning. Edgerton uses humor and examples to teach writers how to write those stellar openings. With a focus on the story worthy problem, the inciting incident, and the surface problems, writers learn the correct place to start their story as well as how to create that first sentence hook that will make agents, editors, and readers needing to read more. As a writer, this book was an “ah-hah” book. Everything clicked and made sense and excited me to keep writing with new focus. Although Hooked focuses on book’s openings, the lessons from it will help a writer with pace and the underlying tension that creates a page-turning novel.

Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton is a must-read for those studying the craft of writing.

Five Bookworms = I loved it!